Most of the writing services I offer are
helping develop people’s ideas. One such case was for a series of animations
Client: I need you to help me develop my story’s plot, characters, dialogue and so on.
Me: Sure, no problem. I do need this weekend off to take care of some family issues.
Client: So you’re quitting?
Me: No! Of course not. I just need the weekend, but I’ll resume work immediately.
Client: You need to answer me: are you working for me?
Me: I am! I will! I just need this weekend off. I have a family issue to take care of.
I guess I could allow it. I mean, I have a personal life, family, and other businesses to tend to.
Client: But I need to know if you’ll work for me.
Me: …Yes, I will.
Later on, I discovered that I wasn’t the first writer they had on board. The four before me (as well as other freelancers) had a tendency to quit…
At one point, they sent me three scripts (or what I think were scripts) to work with.
Client: I need you to flesh the script out.
Me: Er, which one? What do you mean by flesh out?
Client: Flesh out. It means to “expand and develop.” You’re a writer, you should know this.
Me: I know what it means, but I wasn’t sure what in particular you wanted developed. Also, which script do I need to work on?
Client: The one I sent.
Me: You sent three.
Client: Will talk later. Other business.
My breaking point came when they wanted me to adapt scenes straight from another show, but alter the dialogue to fit. I can deal with a lot, but I draw the line at plagiarism.
Me: I can’t work on this project anymore. I’m sorry. I have a day job to think about. I hope you find another writer.
Client: I took this personally at first, but I understand. You’d be surprised how many writers leave me. They need to know something about commitment. Commitment – noun – the state of being devoted to something such as a cause; a pledge or undertaking. I guess without money, people take on the instincts of beasts. No disrespect meant towards you of course. Thankfully, I have a better sense of professionalism. I’ll pay your fee. I wish you the best.Get the Freelance Guide for 2017